Thursday, 30 July 2015

crochet dish cloth

 Hello there!  Well July has just flown by. 
This past week, I've been going thru all my many balls of yarn and sorting them all out.  While doing so, I came across a few 'work in progress' projects.  One of them being this crochet dish cloth.  It only needed a few more rows and then finishing off with a border.
So I did just that!  It was a nice little distraction in my busy week ☺
This is 100% Moda Vera Roulotte cotton which I picked up from Spotlight.  Being cotton, I thought it would make great wash cloths. 

 The pattern is single crochet, I've done five stitches in the back loop and then five stitches in the front loop; continuing this pattern in each row.  This creates a slight ridge and a texture to the cloth.
 I've gone around the edge with single crochet and then a row of small scallops to complete.
It's rather pretty and will be a nice addition to my kitchen sink.  I've got more yarn left over and also more in another colour, so I think I'll make up a few more of these.

Thanks for coming by ♥

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

banana choc chip muffins

 Hello there, it's been rather quiet on the blog in July.  School holidays have kept us busy.  We are enjoying the last few days ☺
I'm here to share a recipe - it's been a while.  These are a favourite in this house and are quick and easy to make.  They are great for school baking!!
 Ingredients + Method

1 egg
2/3 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup olive oil/macadamia oil
1 banana

1 cup spelt flour
1 cup almond meal
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup rapadura sugar
1/2 cup choc chips

Mix together well, all the wet ingredients.
Then add dry ingredients - don't over mix.  
Spoon into your muffin tin and bake for approx 15-20mins in mod oven
Enjoy

 This makes 12 muffins which are not too big ---- perfect for the lunch box snack.
 I love adding almond meal to my cakes - the texture is a little more dense but makes a more wholesome cake.  The trick with muffins is to be gentle when adding in the dry ingredients and don't over mix - that way your muffin will have a great rustic texture ☺
You could play around with this recipe and add walnuts instead of the choc chips ---- or maybe both. 
Hope you will give this one a go.
Thanks for coming by ♥

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

scrap the boys - july challenge

 Hello and welcome to July - half way the year!
First of the month means lots of new challenges are out!!  Today I'm sharing the new one at Scrap the Boys - we have a mood board challenge.

 
 Here's my take on the challenge - I've been inspired by the colours, the quote and the watercolour feel to it......
Here are a few close-up's:

 I love the quote and it worked well with the picture of my four growing lads ☺
Some subtle patterned papers and watercolour backgrounds make the black and white photo pop out.

We hope you can join us with this fun challenge - please check out more inspiration on the blog at Scrap the Boys.
Thanks for coming by ♥

Monday, 29 June 2015

the view thru my 50mm fixed lens

 Hello there and a happy Monday to you!  Just sharing a few pictures from around my home - it's been a whole month since my last post for this segment ............. life is busy ☺  It's important to have a good balance and allow for some quiet, 'slow' time.  That's why I love doing this!!  Capturing little bits thru the lens ☺


 I love sage - I think of potato and leek soup ................ I've just recently planted this batch.

 I have a love for succulents ............... we have quite a collection going in our garden - some also from my boys that we've collected.  Quite often we get them from markets as tiny small plants.
 The days are cool, so there's plenty of time spent indoors where it's nice and warm.  My little one loves to keep busy ........................
 I've been teaching him how to crochet ................ he's actually a very good student and picking it up very quickly.  This will keep those little hands busy.

Another month will soon be upon us ................. July is school holiday time which we are all looking forward to.  I'm sure I'll be capturing lots during that time.
Til next time, thanks for coming by ♥

Saturday, 20 June 2015

crochet rag basket

 Hello there, hope you are having a lovely weekend.  
This past week, I took a drive and found a cute little crafty fabric/yarn store - I purchased some t-shirt yarn - they had 800 gr balls and I found one in this gorgeous yellow. 
I also snapped this cute pic of my youngest in front of the store!!


I love making the rag baskets - this yarn is perfect for that kind of project.  I found a pattern in my newest crochet book - Modern Crochet




 I decided on a medium sized basket, one that could hold a few things at least.

 The patterns in this book are just beautiful == very clear, easy to follow and lots of photographs for those who like visual instructions ☺
 I like how this pattern finishes off with a row of slip stitch - it creates a nice little finishing edge.
As you can see, I've filled this basket up with yarn balls === for photographic purposes ☺  I'm planning to give this one away.

Thanks for popping in ♥

Thursday, 18 June 2015

scrap the boys - june challenge

 Hello to you all - my first post for June.  I've been away on a little 'sunny holiday' break and it was just lovely.
This picture pretty much sums it up - beautiful Bali.   It was very relaxing, soaking up the warm sunshine.


Today, I'm sharing my take on the challenge at Scrap the Boys.  This month is a sketch challenge:

 Here's what I've come up with:
 I've used some pattern paper by Pink Fresh as my background.  I've used just two photo's for this page - I've added in lots of little embellishments that I've made with die-cuts == hearts, clouds and labels.  I love using my Big Shot!!
Here are a few close-up's:

You can check out more inspiration on the blog!!  Don't forget to link up your entry - there are two very generous prizes to be won.
Thanks for coming by ♥

Saturday, 30 May 2015

the view thru my 50mm fixed lens

 Hello, hope you are having a lovely weekend.  Winter is just around the corner; I thought I'd share some last Autumn pictures before we change to another season.
My zygocactus is flowering wonderfully!  It's my favourite plant at this time of year - the flowers are just stunning and so perfectly formed.  They don't flower for very long, but I get to see these out my kitchen window everyday, so I'm making the most of this delight!




 A few weeks ago, I planted some garlic bulbs.  They have sprouted nicely, so I hope they continue growing well.  They are loving this Autumn sunshine.


 The cool mornings and nights have definitely set in - this is our backyard with some 'fresh' wood, ready to be cut for our fire. 

Cool mornings and nights but beautiful blue skies during the day - it's beautiful.  Autumn is a lovely season ♥